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Easy Family Dinner

Ever get stuck in the slow-cooker rut in your quest for a simple super?  Natalie is here today reminding us that just because a meal takes a little longer to cook, doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing it.

I think we all crave a bit of simplicity sometimes, don’t we? Especially as busy, meal-planning parents. We all do our best to feed our families in a healthy way, but it often seems overwhelming and complicated. I want to encourage you today, you CAN create healthful, simple meals in your kitchen without a big time commitment or too much mental energy. Really, you can!

I created this dish for lunch with my kids, but it is perfectly suitable for dinner, even for guests. You can also pack it up for a picnic or send it along in a lunch box. The leftovers are delicious hot or cold. It came together in under 30 minutes, but it could be assembled in under 5 if you’ve pre-cooked the quinoa. Simple to prepare, nourishing to the body and gorgeous to look at.


Salmon Quinoa Salad with Spinach and Feta
serves 4


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water or stock
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • 8-12 oz salmon, cooked and flaked (I bake mine at 350 in a glass dish for about 30 minutes. You could also used wild canned/packed salmon.)
  • a few handfuls of raw spinach (about 2 cups packed), plus more for serving
  • 2-3 oz Feta cheese, chopped or crumbled; plus more for serving

  1. In a saucepan, combine quinoa and cooking liquid. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the quinoa can be fluffed with a fork and the germ has spiraled out.
  2. While the quinoa is hot, season with salt and pepper. Mix in salmon, spinach and feta cheese until combined. Serve on a bed of spinach leaves and top with crumbled Feta cheese.


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Natalie is lover of all things edible and mom to two sweet babies under 3 years old. She shares her favorite from-scratch recipes, techniques and tips for entertaining on her blog, Oven Love.

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debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site August 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Yum! I think I will try it with some seasoned tofu too!


Amy August 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I just made this, and wow! Yum!! I added shiitake mushrooms on top of the quinoa halfway through cooking.


Amy August 23, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I just made this, and wow! Yum!! I added shiitake mushrooms on top of the quinoa halfway through cooking.


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